5 Cocktails To Celebrate Repeal Day

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ending Prohibition and reestablishing the right to legally enjoy a cocktail. Now that’s something to celebrate! If you’re looking for place to raise your glass to Repeal Day, visit one of the below Atlanta restaurants and they’ll be more than happy to make one for you! Grab the recipe to enjoy these featured cocktails at home and continue the celebration all month long! Happy sipping!

Photo Courtesy of Atlas

Atlas’ Winter Warmer

1oz mezcal

.75 Captain Morgan

.25 Grand Marnier

.75 lemon

.25 vanilla syrup

.25 Cocchi Torino Vermouth

.25 spiced apple shrub

Directions: Mix ingredients and place in glass. Top with hot water and garnish with orange wheel and star anise. 

Atlas

88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

(404) 600-6471

Photo Courtesy of STK Atlanta

STK Peppermint Prosecco 

5oz Prosecco

1oz peppermint liquor

1 Chocolate Bar

3 Candy Canes

Directions:Rim champagne flute with melted chocolate. Finish rim with crushed candy cane. Garnish with mini candy cane.

1075 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 793-0144

Photos Courtesy of Mia Yakel

Dantanna’s Espresso Old Fashioned

1 1/2 ounces Knob Rye

1 shot of espresso

1/4 ounce simple syrup

2 dashes orange bitters

2 dashes chocolate bitters

Garnish with orange twist

Directions:Combine Knob Rye, espresso, simple syrup, orange bitters and chocolate bitters in a mixing glass. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over one large ice cube, or cubed ice. Garnish the cocktail with an orange twist.

3400 Around Lenox Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 760-8873
Photo Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza

Park Tavern’s Salted Caramel

1 oz Svedka Vanilla

1/2 oz Whisper Creek

6 oz Coffee

A dollop of Whipped Cream

A Caramel Drizzle

Sprinkled with a pinch of Sea Salt

Directions: Combine Svedka Vodka, Whisper Creek, coffee and ice into a shaker tin and mix. Strain into a glass and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle caramel over the whipped cream and sprinkle with a pinch of Sea Salt.

Park Tavern

500 10th St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 249-0001

Photo Courtesy of City Winery

City Winery’s Mullin’ It Over

1 bottle of dry red wine

1 orange, zested

8 dried cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

4 dried star anise

4 Tbsp honey

4 oz. brandy

Directions: Add all ingredients to stockpot and heat over low. Be careful not to boil. Continue simmering for at least 30 minutes. Strain and serve garnished with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. This recipe works great in a crock pot.

City Winery

Ponce City Market

650 North Ave NE

Suite #201

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 946-3791

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Amorino Opens Second Atlanta Location

Enjoy a taste of Paris at Amorino‘s newest Atlanta location at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Here you will be delighted with gelato and sorbets “churned everyday in typical Italian fashion” using “only the freshest free range organic eggs and the highest grade whole milk.” No artificial flavor are allowed here! When you experience your first bite, you know you’ve tasted something special.

Last week I was invited to the boutique for a preview tasting. Amorino is probably most known for their Amorino Rose, gelato shaped to look like a flower. I wanted that! For my creation, I chose mango, lemon, and raspberry sorbet and had it topped with a pistachio macaroon. Oh what a wonderful treat that was! Delicious. Fresh. Amazing. There are so many more flavors to choose from. In addition to gelato and sorbets, you can also enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, crepes, and waffles. You’re favorite is waiting for you!

Amorino Gelato

3035 Peachtree Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30305

True Food Kitchen [Best Bites Lenox Square Mall] 

One of the first places I visited when I moved to Atlanta back in 1995 was Lenox Square Mall. My roommate and spent many of afternoons there just people watching while eating our frozen yogurt. You never knew who you would see. Lenox Mall was a very popular place to visit. Today, it remains as one Atlanta’s top destination for Atlanta locals and visitors alike. Not only does the mall offer a wide variety of shopping options, it also has some nice dining options as well.

True Food Kitchen at Lenox Square Mall

I was recently invited to experience True Food Kitchen for a tasting of their menu. Located near the main entrance of Lenox Square Mall, this “health-driven seasonal restaurant”, is inspired by its co-owner’s, Dr. Weil, anti-inflammintory diet.

 

“True Food Kitchen believes in selecting and preparing simple and delicious foods to help people achieve and maintain optimal health. “

 

As soon as you walk through the doors you know you’re going to experience something amazing. The restaurant alone is beautiful. From its large patio space, perfect for those Atlanta summer nights, to its open kitchen concept, you get a very welcoming feel.

I took along fellow blogger and daughter, Sage, for this menu tasting. You can read about her experience from a kid’s point of view HERE. We started off our meal with some fresh housemade juices. Apple Carrot Ginger Tonic. Absolutely amazing! Kale Aid. Right on! Honey Beer Ginger Beer. Yes Please! I’m definitely in love with all of them. What a great way to start a tasting!

Apple Carrot Ginger Tonic

Next up was the Farmer’s Market Crudités. When our waitress brought it out, our eyes got so big. It was beautiful! Amazing how a bowl of fresh raw vegetables with dip can get you so excited. I was more than pleased with this selection. We also had the Edamame Dumplings, which was basically devoured by my daughter. She loved it!

Farmer’s Market Crudités

With the strong suggestion from our lovely waitress, we were next present with one of their popular menu item, the Ancient Grains Bowl. This bowl was a healthy food fanatics dream. It was adorned with miso glazed sweet potatoes, turmeric, charred onions, snow peas, grilled portobello, avocado, and hemp seeds. I also added shrimp to the bowl. So good!! I am very confident in saying that even if you wasn’t a healthy food fanatic, you would still enjoy this bowl!

Ancient Grains Bowl

If there’s pizza on the menu, you already know I’m ordering it! We decided on two of their selections, the Butternut Squash and the Chicken Sausage pizzas. I know what you’re thinking, Butternut Squash on a pizza? Right, I thought the same thing. But let me tell you, it was tasty. It was really tasty in fact. With the smoked onions, kale, vegan almond ricotta, and dried cranberry, you have quite a flavor explosion happening in your mouth. Definetly something you’ve never had, but need to experience.

Butternut Squash Pizza/Chicken Sausage Pizza

We also had the opportunity to preview on of their spring menu items, now available in their restaurants, the Flamed Torched Avocado Salad. THIS! This was amazing! When it came out I was already stuffed. I planned on tasting it and taking the rest home for later. It never made it out of the restaurant!! I couldn’t stop eating it!! It was sooooo good. It’s light. It’s flavorful. And it’s healthy. You can’t go wrong. If you don’t try anything else this spring, try this.

Flamed Torched Avocado

What an amazing experience! I enjoyed every thing beautifully presented to me at True Food Kitchen. This restaurant comes highly recommended by me as a place to get healthy, delicious food.

Click on the photo below to check out Sage’s review of True Food Kitchen!
Sage Loves 2 Eat

True Food Kitchen

3393 Peachtree Rd, NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

 
* I received this experience complimentary. Thank you True Food Kitchen! All opinions are that of my own! 

Big Sky Buckhead Launches New Brunch Menu Curated By Executive Chef Luis Damian As Part Of Their Toast Brunch Series 


Sunday afternoon vibes are best enjoyed with a delicious brunch with a patio situation and bottomless mimosas. That’s exactly what I experienced today as Toast Brunch Series relaunched their event with an 5 course menu tasting at Big Sky Buckhead. The Chef driven menu was beautifuly curated by Executive Chef Luis Damian. He proudly shared his talents to a group Atlanta’s most influential bloggers and presented us an afternoon of little brunch awesomeness. With an empty stomach and open palette, we welcomed every drool-worthy course. 

Big Sky Buckhead Brunch Atlanta
Crispy Buttermilk Ginger Marinated Chicken Tender Topped with Runny Sunny Side Up Egg & Creamy Pimento Cheese, On a Buttery Housemade Bacon-Jalapeño Biscuit
Corn Beef with Sunny Side Up Egg On Top Of A Tostado
 
Big Sky Buckhead Brunch
Tres Leches French Toast with Mixed Berries
Atlanta Brunch
Breakfast Burrito ~ Chorizo, Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Chihuahua Cheese, Covered with Guajillo Sauce, Topped with Sour Cream

Big Sky Buckhead Atlanta Brunch
Steak & Eggs ~ Adobe Marinated Beef, Tomatillo Verde, French Fries Topped With Over Easy Egg

Hungry yet?? 

Next Sunday, grab a patio seat at Big Sky Buckhead and enjoy the fabulous brunch life with these and many other amazing dishes. Sunday brunch runs from 12:00am – 3:30pm! Don’t forget bottomless mimosas til 4pm! 

Big Sky Buckhead

3201 Cains Hill Pl NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

* I received this Brunch experience completely. All opinion and comments are that big my own. 

Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Bryan Holmes {Davio’s Southern Steakhouse}

Photo by Gannon via Twitter @MSquaredPR
Today I headed to Buckhead to meet with Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse bartender, Bryan Holmes. This Saturday, Bryan will be competing in Highball, the High Museum of Art’s first ever mixology competition. This Atlanta native, comes to the competition with 21 years of bartending under his belt. He started his road to mixologist, at Ippolittos, when someone didn’t show up for work and was asked to fill in. 21 years later Bryan is representing Davio’s in a most epic competition on February 18th.

During my visit Bryan made me The B & B, a cocktail he made on the fly when PR reps came into the restaurant requesting a cocktail for National Ice Tea Month. It was so good it was added to the menu. You can’t go wrong with whiskey, basil, blueberries, and ice tea!  Delicious!!

Bryan’s Highball cocktail is inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. You don’t want to miss it! Grab a ticket before they’re sold out!

 

Rapid Fire Q & A

What time did you get up this morning?

5am and then 8:30am. 

What did you have for dinner last night?

Kale & Sausage Soup and a Sushimi   Bowl

1st alcohol that touched your lips.

Champagne

Describe your job in one word.

Multitasking

Name a historic person you would like to make a drink for.

Edgar Allen Poe

Popcorn or potato chips?

Potato chips

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee

What’s your mixologist superpower?

Preciseness
Cocktail that represents Atlanta.

Old Fashioned 

If you could bath in any liquid besides water, what would it be?

Coconut Water

Farthest place you’ve traveled.

St. Barts 

Last song stuck in your head.

Stand Up by Ludacris.

Mimosas or Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

What color is your toothbrush?

Silver
Favorite menu item at Davio’s.

Veal Tenderloin 
Best midnight snack.

Anything at Octopus Bar

5 words to describe yourself.

Indulgent, Generous, Athletic, Bashful, Witty 

Advice for aspiring bartenders.

Ask if you don’t know. Put everything back in its place.

 

 

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What: Highball

Where: Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

When: February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm

Tickets: www.high.org

THE TAVERN AT ATLAS IS NOW OPEN

Photos by Heidi Geldhauser

Press Release-Atlas, the acclaimed restaurant located at the St. Regis Atlanta celebrating both art and seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences, has introduced The Tavern at Atlas. The newly designed library and lounge opens at 4 p.m. daily and offers guests fresh menu of locally-sourced small plates and hand-shaken cocktails served in a comfortable and lively atmosphere.

“We want to create an experience that’s left up to the guest. We hope The Tavern at Atlas will become a go-to destination for creating social connections fueled by a spirited bar and live music,” says Atlas General Manager Geno Dew.

Created by Executive Chef Chris Grossman, The Tavern at Atlas menu boasts perfectly portioned small plates crafted to be shared at by guests at their leisure. New favorites include petit lobster pot pie; citrus-cured salmon flatbread; Atlas sliders; Island Creek roasted oysters on the half shell; rosemary roasted ruby beet tartare; 24-hour cast iron seared steak and more.
Complimenting Chef Grossman’s menu is an impressive beverage program comprised of creative, signature cocktails, wines, bubbly, craft beers and more. With something for all tastes, a sampling of expertly crafted cocktails include the Zac 23 Old Fashioned – Ron Zacapa 23 Rum, Aztec Chocolate and Angostura Bitters, Grapefruit Peel, Ice Ball; Southern Buck American Spirits White Whiskey, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice, Shaved Ice; and The Titaness – Raventos Sparkling Wine, Cocchi Rosa, Creme de Cassis, Lime Juice.
With a goal to convert the lounge and library spaces into a lively environment positioned for a more casual experience within Atlas, The Tavern at Atlas features over-scaled tables and chairs ideal for lingering and catching up with friends over shared plates and cocktails. Introducing gold tones, velvets and faux ostrich upholstery paired with walnut burl wood tables, the new design contrasts the rich colors and patterns of the restaurant’s architecture and fine art collection by using subtle complimentary colors that let the richness of the existing space take center stage. With more seating available, guests can feel comfortable stopping in for a quick bite to lingering long into the night.
Now featuring two unique environments, Atlas will continue to provide a fine dining experience in the dining room in addition to the new menu at The Tavern Atlas. Regardless of which dining options guests choose, both experiences will maintain the Atlas standards for quality, locally-sourced ingredients, artful presentation and unparalleled service.

Atlas and the new Tavern at Atlas are located at The St. Regis Atlanta, situated within the shopping and financial district of Buckhead. Atlas is one of 16 award-winning brands operated by Tavistock Restaurant Collection. For more information or reservations, visit atlasrestaurant.com.

About Atlas:

Located within the St. Regis Atlanta, Atlas celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. Revel in a fine dining experience in the dining room or join us at The Tavern featuring an all-new, chef-driven small plates menu and hand-shaken cocktails. With a focus on curating fresh ingredients from local farms, this chef-driven restaurant brings unparalleled culinary experiences to the capital of the South. For more information, visit atlasrestaurant.com. Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter at @AtlasBuckhead.

Diner en Blanc 2016 Atlanta, GA


This year I was so happy to be sponsored to attend Diner en Blanc in Atlanta. I went from the waiting list to be able to register during the second phase. Thanks Melissa! Registration was a slight battle, but I got in! Yay! I brought my partner in crime, Leslie, as my guest. 

Rules of Diner en Blanc are as followed. 

1. Wear all white!! 

I had nothing white. Eeek! And of course I waited till the last minute to look for one. Like the night before! 1 1/2 before closing time. I figured someone should have a white dress on sale. I wasn’t feeling buying a dress that I would most likely not wear again. I went to Macy’s first. There were a couple options, but nothing exciting. Next, I checked out Forever 21. They had a cute white lace dress that I actually liked. And it was $10. I thought that if I didn’t find anything that would be the dress I would purchase. Well I didn’t find anything, so that’s the dress I got. Lol! 

2. Bring a folding square table and two white chairs. 

Our chairs were purchased from Ikea. That was easy. They had plenty and they were $8! The table not so easy. Leslie and I sent the bat call to everyone we knew. No square table. Friends had round, rectangle, small, but no square table. We wasn’t really trying to purchase a table for one night. I suggested Leslie go to the Goodwill  just to see if they just so happened to have a table. At first, all she saw was some TV trays. That would not work. Too small. Just before leaving, she decided to ask them if there were any square tables in the back. And guess what?? Out of the back came a woman carrying a square table. AND it was $5!!! Yes!!! 

3. Bring food curated by yourself.

We decided that we would go Vietnamese with our meal and make Pho. Leslie made this fantastic lemongrass broth. We then added carrots, squash and coconut chicken to it. So good. We also had a marinated kale salad made by Leslie’s daughter, Din. It was delicious! Instead of bread, we went with popcorn seasoned with rosemary salt.  I made a gluten free chocolate cake to end the meal on yummy note. 


4. Be on time or get left.

The event was held at a secret location. We were only given a location to meet our table leader. We got there on time. I wasn’t going to get left! Once we were all checked in, we proceeded by foot, one block up, to the event location, The Shops at Buckhead. As we filed in, we set our tables up. There were about 2 thousand people all setting up. Once every one was done it was beautiful! 

It was so awesome seeing everyone all dressed up. Some of the table decorations were so beautiful. People went all out! Our table wasn’t as fancy as some but it was cute. A white tablecloth, candles, silver lantern, and amazing food is all we needed. The food was our decor! 

After setting up, every one waved a white napkin. Time to eat! Our food was so good! I enjoyed every bite! 

There was also a photo booth! Yes!! Y’all know know I love a photo booth! Check out the snaps!


The night came to a close with a sea of sparklers against the beautiful night sky. With that, we packed up our things and went home! My first Diner en Blanc experience was amazing! Can’t wait till next year!